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Birthday boy Ronan gets starry surprise as Pam throws bash

Yummy mummy-to-be Pamela Flood threw a surprise birthday bash to celebrate her restaurateur partner Ronan Ryan's 40th.

The Diary can reveal how the former Miss Ireland (39), who is expecting the couple's first child next spring, organised the top secret party last Saturday night.

Pamela hired an exclusive venue in Drumcondra for the event, which was attended by a who's who of Dublin's social scene.

Former TV3 star Lorraine Keane and her husband Peter Devlin, businessman Richard Barrett and Martina and Robbie Fox were among those on the guest list.


A casualty of the recession, Ryan, who now manages Town Bar and Grill, the restaurant he once owned, has never been happier as he approaches the next chapter in his life with his gorgeous other half of two years.

"Both Pamela and Ronan have been through a difficult time in the last couple of years so she wanted to organise something special to mark this positive turning point in their lives," said a close friend. "It was quite a small and intimate gathering for their closest family and friends and an opportunity for them to thank everyone who has supported them.

"There was plenty of champagne flowing and a personalised cake. She didn't want anything too showy or over the top though as they're quite a low-key couple.

"Unfortunately someone let the cat out of the bag about the party so Ronan wasn't as surprised as Pamela would have liked, but he really enjoyed it nonetheless.

"Everyone has been asking them if there will be wedding bells now that they're starting a family together and they certainly haven't been ruling it out.

"They always joke that if it happens they will elope without telling anyone so no one will be surprised if that is the case."

Pamela herself will turn 40 next July and insists she is planning to embrace the milestone.

Her smitten other half has a lot to live up to when it comes to the celebrations, after her birthday bash last summer, which saw the media shy couple play host to Bill Hughes, Jane Gogan, Michael Mortell, Daryl Downey, and Today FM's Tony Fenton at the Kildare Street restaurant Ronan runs, which is now owned by Richard Barrett.


Pamela, who previously hosted Off The Rails alongside Caroline Morahan, has also broken her silence for the first time on the prospect of being a mother.

"It's total excitement and trepidation, and it's good that work is quieter because I'm a bit of a tired lady," the star told Woman's Way magazine.

Pamela also revealed how she was disappointed that word of her pregnancy hit the headlines when it did, as she had no yet informed a number of those people closest to her.